It's August, Florida! Wild Birds Unlimited in Clearwater Safety Harbor Wants to Know...
During the hot and often dry conditions that make up Florida's “dog days of summer," you will be doing yourself and Florida's wild birds a big favor by providing them with a reliable source of water.
Water is very important to wild birds. Whether they are feeder visitors or not, Florida's wild birds need water. Offering a dependable source of water is probably the simplest and most important step you can take to greatly increase the variety of wild birds in your backyard habitat.
It can also significantly increase the enjoyment of your wild birds by allowing you to watch their often comical antics as they drink, bathe and preen.
However, as entertaining as it is for us, water (or the lack thereof) can be deadly serious for Florida's wild birds. Wild birds must be ready to fly at all times, and bathing is a critical part of feather maintenance and staying in top-flight condition.
Water is also vitally important when it's extremely hot and a wild bird’s ability to regulate its body temperature can become stressed. Wild birds do not sweat and must remove excess body heat through their respiratory system. So when temperatures rise, a wild bird's respiration rate increases, sometimes to the point that it can be seen panting like a dog. This activity dehydrates wild birds and increases their need for a reliable source of water to replace lost fluids.
So, while the addition of a bird bath, fountain or mister to your Florida backyard habitat can supply hours of enjoyable wild bird watching entertainment for you, it may also be providing a lifesaving necessity. Check out the Wild Birds Unlimited videos below for more great tips on how to use water in a beneficial way to help your Florida wild bird visitors!